All Case Studies

The COPM as a Framework

When the COPM is completed by both parent and teacher, it can serve as a means of opening communication between them and identifying mutually agreed-upon goals.

Effecting Change with the COPM

Sarah is a perky, slender girl with blonde hair and blue eyes who was 9 years old at the time of the COPM interview. She lives with her mother, her widowed grandfather and her teenaged sister in a detached home in a working class urban neighbourhood.

Using the COPM in Program Development

The COPM is a useful tool throughout the therapy process: in initiating the therapist client interaction, in identifying client identified performance issues and setting the stage for client-selected intervention goals and then establishing the client’s perspective on outcomes.

Evaluating Programs

A pilot occupational therapy community skills group created to enable individuals living with severe, chronic mental illness to have better outcomes.

Intervention for Musculoskeletal Conditions

An group of occupational therapists provides intervention services for adults with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or after total joint replacements. They want to find an outcome measure that is specific to occupational therapy and assesses changes in daily occupations.

Intervention for Children with Disabilities

An occupational therapist working in the community children’s centre has been using the COPM to measure change after intervention for the children that she sees for therapy services. She is interested in looking at research that uses the COPM to evaluate the effectiveness of new and emerging occupational therapy interventions.

Responsiveness of the COPM

The occupational therapists at a regional rehabilitation centre have heard about the COPM and wonder if it will meet their needs to have a tool that can evaluate change after intervention across several programs.

Examining Practice Patterns

Health care managers may find the COPM useful as a way of collecting data for a number of administrative purposes. For example, the COPM has been used to structure databases tracking occupational therapy practice patterns and referral profiles.

Describing Occupations

A new program to provide rehabilitation services for clients with multiple sclerosis is being designed. The program will serve clients who are living in the community and are admitted for short-term rehabilitation services.

The COPM and ASD

Making the interview part interesting and getting the child involved is crucial to the successful and valid completion of the COPM.